HOUSTON: Did ‘devout’ Muslim father ‘honor kill’ his daughter and her girlfriend because they were lesbians?

article-0-1C4E1C9A00000578-794_306x423The father of one of two women whose bodies were found behind a dumpster in Texas has been charged with evidence tampering in both killings, which may have been motivated by the victims’ sexual orientation. The 46-year old Muslim suspect, James Larry Cosby (photo right) from Houston, remains jailed on $500,000 bond but the investigation is ongoing and charges against Cosby could be upgraded to capital murder. Cosby is also a registered sex offender who was released from prison in October 2013.

UK Daily Mail  ‘It appears that the young ladies may have been murdered in his home,’ he said. The bodies of Britney Cosby and Crystal Jackson, both 24, who investigators say were in a romantic relationship, were discovered March 7 next to a trash bin behind a store in Galveston. Officials say Miss Cosby died from blows to the head and Jackson from a gunshot wound.

Crystal Jackson, left, and Britney Cosby, both 24
Crystal Jackson, left, and Britney Cosby, both 24

Mr X, the family’s spokesman, also claimed that he found writings condemning homosexuality as a sin on Cosby’s quran, MyFox Houston reported. While the Sheriff would not speculate about a motive, Quannel X claims he found writings about homosexuality on Cosby’s Koran indicating he may have had an issue with his daughters sexual orientation. “In Islam homosexuality is forbidden. It is forbidden. I learned today that Larry was a practicing Muslim,” said Quanell X.

Loranda McDonald, Cosby’s mother, suggested that her father may have murdered the young woman because she was a lesbian.   ‘He said it to me a few times that he did not like the idea of her being gay,’ said McDonald. The grieving mother also revealed that she wants Cosby to ‘suffer’ and feel the pain that she is feeling.


Investigators believe the women, from Houston, were killed elsewhere and their bodies were dumped on the Bolivar Peninsula. 

Detectives are still searching for the slain couple’s silver 2006 Kia Sorrento, which they suspect may have been used by the killer to transport the women’s bodies to the dump site.  According to a police report, officers inspecting Cosby’s home seized a hammer and noticed a missing window shutter. A similar shutter was found covered in blood and bearing James Cosby’s fingerprints next to the women’s bodies.